Day 7: Righteousness and Wickedness – part 3
The Scriptures everywhere testify to the fact that in the end the righteous will stand, but the wicked will fall. In these verses, once again righteousness is pictured as being like a tree, strong and healthy, bearing fruit that is good (Prov.12:12). Adding to this picture, the righteous are a joyful light (Prov. 13:9), a tent that stands upright (Prov. 14:11) and the wicked will bow before the righteous (Prov. 14:19).
Christ Jesus, who humbled Himself from glory to death, has been given a name above every other name, so that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:10-11).” If we know the Lord, then let these proverbs encourage us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12).
No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
– Prov. 12:3
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.
– Prov. 12:7
Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.
– Prov. 12:21
One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbour, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
– Prov. 12:26
The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
– Prov. 13:9
Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good.
– Prov. 13:21
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
– Prov. 14:11
The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
– Prov. 14:19
The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
– Prov. 14:32
Father God, all Your promises find their Yes in Jesus Christ, our Saviour. These proverbs speak of righteousness being like a fruitful tree, of righteousness enduring and wickedness being destroyed.
Lord, fulfil Your word, in Your time.
Give us assurance and hope in Christ our Lord. Holy Spirit fill us with the fruit of righteousness that glorifies Him who is the name above all names. Amen.
– Graham Barnes